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Beets, Limes and Rice


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It might be difficult to decipher from the bouncy opener, “First of All,” but Japanther’s 2011 studio album Beets, Limes and Rice was partly inspired by the passing of their friend Beau Velasco from the band Death Set. “Battle of the Hopeless Crushes” sounds more influenced by The Ramones, save for some fuzzy guitar distortion that has more in common with Thurston Moore. With snotty vocals, muscled guitar riffs, and ne'er-do-well love-song lyrics, “Porcupine” and “Ding Dong Alujah” are similarly steeped in early-‘70s New York City punk, HYPERLINK ""à la the Dolls or Dictators. Both the sunnier-sounding “Light Dear” and “Film Star Husband” shift coasts for a Southern California feel; this could be due to Beets, Limes and Rice having been recorded in Los Angeles by Michael Blum (the Michael Jackson and Madonna producer whom Japanther also worked with on the previous album Rock and Roll Ice Cream). Fans of the band’s early days of blasting lo-fi avant noise-rock will find a comforting familiarity in the crumbling-static textures of “Lil Taste” and “Out of Body.”

Customer Reviews

Great album

I love it already! It has a lot of different elements and really flows well as an album. I love the Death Set reference in "Yellow Lighter." I think they're are a few Ramones references throughout the album, too <3. Roll down your windows, turn up the bass and blast this in your car!


This rocks!

Completely Blew Me Away

Punk rock heart with indie rock dressings and some of the catchiest melodies I've ever heard. Just try to get "First of All" out of you head.


Formed: 2001 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Quite likely the most unapologetically artsy punk-related band since the early days of Sonic Youth — when Kim Gordon was writing for Artforum, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo worked with Glenn Branca, and underground movie star Richard Edson was their drummer — Japanther is not in the least bit afraid to get all conceptual 'n' stuff. Japanther was formed in 2001 by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, undergrads at New York City's highly regarded art school The Pratt Institute. With Reilly singing...
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